A couple months ago I was at Lowes and they had a few lamps that were on DEEP clearance. I got JJ a baseball lamp for his room that was regularly $50, and I purchased it for $3 (that is right: shade, plug and everything BRAND NEW for $3). I kept looking and found another lamp for $3 too. I didn't need it, but I bought it because it was just too good of a deal. (shade is pictured above.)
Yesterday I felt absolutely compelled to work on/finish the nursery (because you know baby can't survive without decorated walls and lamps in his room... ).. So I spent the morning painting a stripe on the walls, then I resurrected that cheap Lowes Lamp and I covered the shade in some fabric to match the nursery. I had never even thought of doing something like that before, and hadn't the first clue how to, but I was shocked at how easy it was. Thanks, once again, google and the nesting instinct! I thought I would share how I did it so that anyone who has an old lamp can refresh a room with it!
Lamp Shade Tutorial (No Sewing Required)
First you have to measure your lamp shade so you are sure to get enough fabric.
Next, I bought a layer of thick muslin and my printed fabric to help the stripes from shining through when turned on. (you could avoid that if you just purchase a plain white shade. I really like the shape of this one though, just no the pattern). With a coupon, the total for materials was about $6.
Third, you can either trace the shade on the fabric (and muslin) while you roll it along, or just measure if you are accurate. Add about one inch seam allowance.
Then, you just use spray adhesive on both the shade and the fabric and press them together while slightly stretching the fabric over the shade. I ironed the raw edge down and used a hot glue gun to secure the very end of the fabric to give it a more finished look.
I then took strips of my fabric, ironed them to make sort of a "roll" and then hot glued them to the shade on the top and bottom.
I think it turned out pretty cute: totally hand made, only cost $9, and matches my baby's new room perfectly!